Yup, that’s about what it feels like!! We are finally at a point that we feel like we are able to tread water and resume some of our normal routines, blogging included. There is so much to update, so I’ll try my best to keep things consolidated and to the point.
Our move was mostly uneventful, with some drama in Ohio. Between the moving van hitting a building and the light pole in front of the house, to the moving company thinking that 4 guys and a hand-truck were enough to handle unloading my 1100+ pound gun safe, then dropping it on it’s back, then abdicating responsibility for the damages because I jumped in to help… let’s just say I’ve had enough of them for a while. Our house is a disaster area, but is getting better every day as boxes continue to come out empty. Heather loves the property and likes the house, even though there are little things she would change if she could. I tell her “Don’t worry… we’ve got the rest of our lives to fix that”!
The land is more beautiful than I remembered it, likely due to the fact that I visited in early April before things had really greened up and were growing. Both the lawn and the fields were pretty overgrown since it was vacant for a month before we arrived, so a bulk of our initial work was knocking everything down with a mower and a brush hog. This was interesting to me because the cleaner/clearer the land got, the more excited (and slightly overwhelmed) I became about the possibilities. However, it also felt a little like I was wasting time, in that I wasn’t working on anything that directly affected the farm. At least I recognized the feeling, and was able to force myself to be patient, knowing that taking the time to make sure everything is prepared now will pay dividends later, once we get animals on the farm.
Our neighbors, John & Patty, made the effort to greet us right away, bringing us a pumpkin roll as a house-warming gift. We hadn’t been at the house more than 10 minutes when John pulled up, which we didn’t mind at all… especially since he was responsible for keeping an eye on the place until we got here! On the other side of the property, Eric & Anita introduced themselves while they were out driving their fence line watching their cows. Both sets of neighbors have been very inviting, helpful and full of information about the property and its past.
I have been able to make some progress on setting up the farm, but I’ll save that for another post. For now, just know that the land is inviting, the sunsets are gorgeous and the wildlife is in abundance. We couldn’t be happier at this stage of the farm’s beginnings, as we begin to acquaint ourselves with the property and surrounding area.